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AFTER THREE YEARS

A Party of Lynchers Secure Their Victim and Kill Him

THOMASVILLE, Ga, November 18 -- [Special] -- Judge Lynch held court in
this county today and as usual the death sentence was enforced and
properly executed. About midnight last night a party of masked lynchers
took John Simmons from the home of James Gates near Cairo, and today his
body was found with his throat cut. Simmons had just served out a three
years sentence in the penitentiary for an attempted outrage upon Miss
Mattie Stewart, but the sentence was not at all satisfactory to the
friends of the young lady. This is the first case of lynching in Thomas
county in years.

Above from 19 November 1890 edition, The Atlanta Consitution
(Georgia) via Ancestry.

This lynching is mentioned on page 29 of W. Fitzhugh Brundage's Lynching
in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930
(University of
Illinois Press, 1993):
Perhaps the most exceptional example of a lengthy interlude between a
crime and its punishment by a private mob was the lynching of Jim [sic]
Simmons, a black, near Cairo, Georgia, on November 18, 1890. Shortly
after Simmons had completed a three-year sentence for attempted rape and
returned to his home in Thomas County, a small mob of white men lynched
him.

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